Brahma Ganesha Indra Shiva and Vishnu and their respective Shaktis viewd as bodhisattvas in Buddhism?
Quite simply yes. In Tibetan Buddhism, or tantric Indian Buddhism as well as Japanese Buddhism that is true. They are all considered world protectors, and high level bodhisatt…vas. Shiva's name in tibetan is Lha Chen, which means mahadeva or great god. He is one of the eight most revered world protectors in tantric Buddhism. Indra and Brahma as well. Actually Ganesha is considered a mara, or a force that creates obstacles, whereas the Hindu sects that worship him revel in his wisdom, the tibetan sects feel that he is more a being to make offerings to, but not to look up to. I'm not sure about Vishnu so much, but i know Krishna had his place in early Theravadan Buddhism as he took the form of one of Buddha's disciples or relatives...I'm pretty certain that he is also seen as a Bodhisattva. Brahma is seen as one of the great world protectors but not considered the essence and creator of the entire world, He is one of the oldest beings that still lives in our world system, because he was one of the first to karmically descend into it. Of course there are many other world systems and limitless time of karma before that so that doesn't mean he is the "one true god, creator of all that is" as the western religions make him out to be. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is generally held that all of these gods 'converted' ie respect the Buddhas and their teachings and therefore are beneficial to practice with, as opposed to those deities who go against the teachings and the dharma which they point to. (MORE)